International Relations and Organisations (BSc)
Selection and placement procedure
Our selection and placement procedure starts with your application (i.e. prior to 15 January 2021) and ends with—hopefully—an invitation to you to enrol as an IRO student. This page tells you all you need to know about the steps to be taken in between.
Selection and placement: brief outline
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Selection and placement: overview
Selection and placement: step by step
Early application deadline
Applications for Political Science: International Relations and Organisations open on 1 October 2020 and close on 15 January 2021 (23:59 CET).
Check the entry requirements
Make sure you will be able to meet the entry requirements when the programme starts:
- BSc Politicologie (in Dutch)
- Bsc Politicologie: Internationale Politiek (in Dutch)
- BSc Political Science: International Relations and Organisations
You can participate in the selection and placement procedure if you expect to graduate from high school prior to the start of the programme. In that case, your pre-graduation class grade averages will be used in the selection procedure, and eventual placement will be conditional upon you receiving the required diploma.
Visa and/or residence permit needed?
Familiarise yourself with the procedure for obtaining visa and/or a residence permit, if applicable to your situation.
Studielink account, DigiD
Finding IRO in Studielink
- Open Studielink: www.studielink.nl
- Choose your language in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Log in.
- In step 2, Choose a study programme, make sure to select the following options:
- Educational institution: Leiden University
- Type of study programme: WO Bachelor
- Academic load: Full-time
- Then, in the search bar (Fill in study programme or location), type :
- political science
Selecting IRO in Studielink
- From the Results that appear to the right of the search bar, make sure to select this option:
- Political Science, Full-time, numerus fixus programme
- WO Bachelor, Leiden University
- Location: 's-GRAVENHAGE' ('s-Gravenhage is the formal Dutch name for The Hague)
- Click on the blue button Select
- The next screen confirms that you have selected the right programme:
- Verify the start date, type of enrolment and start as fields.
- Click Next › and answer the remaining questions.
After you have completed your application in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail message from the student administration system uSis. This message also contains your login credentials.
The next step is to upload your personal documents to the uSis portal: passport or ID, diploma’s and grade average. Please note that there are two different procedures for submitting your grades. Which procedure you have to follow, depends on your previous education.
S&P Group A: VWO, HBO-diploma, university propedeuse or higher (Dutch applicants)
- Upload your grade average, following these instructions (in Dutch).
- Upload the requested documentation—grade list and/or HBO cijfergemiddeldeformulier— to the portal. Use the blue button Selection & Placement.
S&P Group B+C: other Dutch and international diploma’s, non-Dutch high school, HBO-propedeuse, colloquium doctum
- Upload the required documents to the portal. Use the green Application Study Programme button.
Transcripts and COVID-19
Due to the exceptional circumstances relating to COVID-19, you may find that the application requirements have changed somewhat for our numerus fixus programmes (programmes with a limited number of places). Below you will find more information on which transcript you will need to submit.
- Current 6 VWO school students (Netherlands): Your secondary school will provide you with a certified transcript of your average Schoolexamen (SE) grades by 15 January 2021. This transcript will include your grade for each subject (to one decimal place) up to the beginning of January. These SE grades will be considered in the selection procedure instead of your final 5 VWO grades.
- Applicants who passed their exam in 2019 or before (Netherlands): During the selection and placement procedure you will be asked to submit your 6 vwo eindexamenlijst (pdf or digitaal uittreksel DUO).
- International (non-Dutch) diploma’s: Please refer to Entry requirements and to the drop-down list at the top of the Required documents page.
Please note: All applicants have until 31 January 2021 to submit the necessary transcripts through the Leiden University online application system (uSis). Do this in good time because if you are too late, your application cannot be considered.
You will receive Instructions regarding the content and form of the motivation letter by email on 27 January 2021. These instructions will also explain how and where to hand in the letter. Please read these instructions carefully before starting your letter.
Please note that you can submit your letter only in the period from 28 January 2021 to 5 February 2021. Outside this period, letters cannot be accepted.
Update 26 January 2021: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the period in which you can submit your motivation letter starts one day later than is advertised supra. We apologise for the inconvenience. The instructions you will receive on 27 January 2021 will inform you exactly as to the remainder of the selection and placement procedure.
- Study the instructions for the online assessment. You will receive these instructions by e-mail.
- Familiarise yourself with the study materials provided. Please note that these materials will not be available during the assessment.
- Do the online assessment.
Please note that the assessment is open only from 12 February 2021, 12:00 CET to 13 February 2021, 12:00 CET. Outside this period, you cannot do the assessment.
On 15 April 2021 you will receive your ranking number from Studielink by e-mail. Also, you will receive instructions for accepting or declining the place offered to you. Furthermore, you will receive a letter explaining the ‘score’ determining your ranking in the selection and placement procedure.
Initially, places are offered to candidates with a ranking number between 1 and 600. This does not mean that candidates with a higher ranking number will fall by the wayside. After all, offers must be accepted. And it may happen that candidates ultimately fail to comply with the entry requirements. When a place becomes vacant, it is offered to the candidate with the next ranking number.
If you are offered a place, you can accept it in Studielink.
Note, there is also a strict deadline for accepting offered places. From the moment you receive the offer, you have a maximum of two weeks to accept the offer (14 x 24 hours, to be precise).
Official selection regulations
The official document containing all guidelines for the selection and placement procedure can be dowloaded here: